Thomas jumps into 3-way tie for lead at Tour Championship

Ruben Hill
September 23, 2017

If he wins, he also takes home the FedEx Cup title, but let's look at who else will be contending for the Tour Championship trophy this weekend.

Woodland on Friday carded his second consecutive round of 3-under 67 at East Lake Golf Club, leaving him only one shot behind leaders Justin Thomas, Paul Casey and Webb Simpson at the wide-open season finale. Simpson paid for a wild drive on No. 13 with a double bogey and made nothing pars coming in for a 67.

He was tied for the lead with Simpson at eight under par standing on the 12th tee, and the PGA Tour prediction had him in pole position to carry off the £7.4million bonus as overall FedEx Cup champion as well as the £1.1million winner's cheque. Even a third-place finish might be enough to take home golf's richest bonus depending on who wins.

Fatigue may well be a factor in Leishman's play after contending in Boston before last week's victory and the associated fanfare, the likeable Victorian unable to get any momentum going over the first two days. Dustin Johnson, Daniel Berger and Jason Day are all within four of the lead as well, and we're likely in for some fireworks from at least one of these superstars in Round 3.

The 41-year-old holed his second shot from 173 yards on the par-four 16th and then celebrated in style.

"I just want to get within striking distance", Johnson said. "If I can get it within three, I would be happy". Dufner and Schauffele will need a lot of help to win the FedEx Cup, but Koepka has a real chance at it if Spieth is kept at bay.

"I was lucky my ball didn't fall back into its plug mark there in the bunker and it was one of those bunker shots I had to be aggressive with and I used my 56-degree wedge rather than my 60-degree".

While now T24 in the 30-man field all hope isn't yet lost for Leishman who could move well up the leaderboard with a score in the mid to low 60's on day three.

Much like Spieth in 2015 when he ended his best season with the FedEx Cup, Thomas would love to have the flawless ending.

Casey and Simpson are enduring long droughts.

T1. Paul Casey (7 under): Casey has been maybe the most consistently good player throughout the playoffs as he's finished in the top five in two of the first three events. Right now, I'm too busy just trying to focus on trying to string together four great rounds of golf.

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